Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 4762   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Bottle conditioned - 150 cl, 75 cl, and 33 cl bottles. Named Grande Réserve in 75 cl bottles, and Magnum Grande Réserve in 150 cl bottles.
Chimay Blue is principally distinguished by its character of a strong beer. This is a beer whose fragrance of fresh yeast with a light, flowery rosy touch is especially pleasant. Its flavour, noticed when tasting it, only accentuates the pleasant sensations perceived in the aroma , while revealing a light but pleasant touch of roasted malt. This top fermented Trappist beer, refermented in the bottle, is not pasteurised.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 Mmmmmmmm. Bottle from Majestic gift pack. Beautiful pour. Amazing chocolate colour with soft creamy head. Complex aroma with a taste to match. Caramel, spice, raisins, plums... Strongish alcohol finish. What can be said really? Standard great beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
getMADDcom (1) - , USA - JUL 6, 2006 does not count
has to be one of the best beers ever and worth the extra bucks over the cost of chimay red. it’s hard not to drink the whole 25oz. bottle, but probably better to share it with a friend.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 5, 2006
UPDATED: APR 23, 2008 This is not a style that I have tried much or like much. Thankfully not as sweet as typical fruity BA and manages some dryness. The soapy banana and acidic fruit peal taste is off putting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JUL 4, 2006
Bottle. Poured a nice dark orange-brown color. With a quick fading tan head however it did last enough to be a thin cover. Grape aroma. Tastes are of grapes, malt, slight yeast. Incredibly smooth for alcohol content of 9%. The thin tan head is making beautiful lacing around the outside of the glass while consuming. Very enjoyable, an excellent beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - JUL 2, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2006 Poured from the 11.2 ounce bottle to an orangey brown color, with one finger tan head which quickly faded to a thin tan cap. Lacing was excellent. The aroma was malty and dark fruit, mostly grapes and alcohol. As the glass warmed, the alcohol became much more evident in the smell. Ditto for the taste. At first, the flavor was slight malty sweetness, and pleasant clove spices. At mid-glass, the alcohol became the dominant taste. The finish, whiile pleasant, was warming and again, dominated by alcohol. In conclusion, I enjoyed this beer, and it is definitely a classic rappist Ale. I might drink another on a cold winter’s night (instead of today’s 90+ dgree weather). But at only 9% abv, the alcohol was a little too noticeable in taste and smell, as I felt more like I was drinking shots of whiskey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
snowden719 (130) - Arizona, USA - JUN 29, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2006 pours dark brown. big tan head. Fruity and spicy aroma Flavor is somewha fruity, with clove hints. Mdeium bitterness. Finish is long, but very nice, an excellent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Poobah (396) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - JUN 26, 2006
First time I’ve had this beer in several years. Sweet aroma. Color is similar to iced tea with some head retention. Warming alcohol flavor with caramel notes. Maltiness evident throughout. Sweet raisiny aftertaste with mild bitterness. Very smooth and well balanced. It hides its strength well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ariston (3) - Oklahoma, USA - JUN 24, 2006 does not count
Probably my favorate beer (certainly my favorate of the three commonly availible Chimays). A very powerful ale with strong (but not overwhelming by any means) bitterness; a nice malty and woody taste, with a long, lingering aftertaste. A beer to be savored slowly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (13563) - Randers, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2007 2002 version jan.2007.: Creamy white too good (exploded out of the bottle) mostly deminishing head. DArk amber colour. Light malty and hoppy aroma, a bit week. Nice powerfull flavor but not great. Oily palate. I still think this is way overrated! Special treay from my brother. 1998 bottle. So 8 years old and in blind taste. Fresh bottle will be rated later!!!! Frothy white good mostly deminishing head. Week but delicate rasin/cinneman aroma. Light malty. High chocolate flavor. Average finish. You cant detect 9 ABV!!!!! 5-2-6-3-12=2.8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyJ (5457) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 21, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2006 Very good. Pours a dark brown with floaties. Fruity, alcohol aroma. Flavors of many variety of fruit, some bready flavors, kind of sweet. Warming alcohol bite. This was very enjoyable, I’m sure I will have this again.

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